Susan Isabella "Bella" Bircumshaw, age 64, wife of Floyd Francis Bircumshaw, died March 6, 1991, at her home of cancer.
Bella was born Susanna Isabella Mann on August 30, 1926 in Francis, Saskatchewan, Canada to Peter Brennan Mann of Aberdeen, Scotland and Ada Stein of Austria. She grew up in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada, and married Floyd F. Bircumshaw on February 18, 1946 at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Salt Lake City, Utah, after a romance that blossomed through written correspondence with Floyd during his military service in World War II. They made their home in the Salt Lake Valley, where she has lived for the past 45 years and raised her family. She became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. on February 15, 1951. "...wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge" (Ruth 1:16). She is a member of the Roman Catholic Church.She is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband, Floyd; three daughters: Susan (Les) M. Siroky, Broomfield, Colorado; Anastasia T. Bircumshaw, Salt Lake City; and Irene M. Bircumshaw, Layton; one son, Rev. Colin F. Bircumshaw, Price; four brothers in Canada: Owen (Colleen) Mann, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Colin (Bernice), and Earl (Donna) Mann, Kamloops, British Columbia; and Kelly (Linda) Mann, Calgary, Alberta; six grandchildren: Janice, Jennifer, Stuart, Peter, Travis and Joshua Siroky; and brothers and sisters-in-law: Kenneth and Mary Ellen Burns, William and Colleen Higham, and John Harold and Margaret Bircumshaw. She was preceded in death by her brother, Thomas Mann and sister and brother-in-law, Mary Eulalia (Stella) Bircumshaw, CSC, and Joseph F. Bircumshaw.
She was a loving and devoted wife, sister, mother, and grandmother of boundless energy and talents. "Her husband entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize... `Many are the women of proven worth, but you have excelled them all."' (Proverbs 31:11,29). She loved sewing, literature, music, poetry, art, crocheting, crafts, painting, writing, and teaching. She helped begin and taught in the St. Francis Xavier pre-school program; for many years she managed the religious goods counter for St. Francis
Xavier Parish; she was an active member of the St. Francis Xavier Arts and Crafts Club, and the "Infant of Prague" prayer group which benefited the needy and shut-in; and in these most recent years, volunteered as a `Pink Lady' and manager of the Gift Shop at Pioneer Valley Hospital.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m., at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 400 South 1000 West, Salt Lake City, with a luncheon for family following in the Social Hall. The Vigil Service consisting of the "Divine Office of the Dead" and recitation of the Holy Rosary, will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on Friday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m., where friends may call one half hour before the Vigil. Cremation will take place following the Funeral Mass. The Burial Rites of Final Commendation and Farewell will take place at 10 a.m., Monday, March 11 at Redwood.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the St. Patrick's Church Centennial Fund, or to Notre Dame Regional School Memorial Fund, Price, Utah--and as she instructed, "Leave flowers in the church or give to the hospitals, but ask none be sent unless someone would like to have some put on the altar at a different time other than just at the
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